Having announced that they have concluded the fight against the Halal victoriously, the Sri Lanka Sinhala Buddhist extremist organization Bodu Bala Sena Sunday announced that they will not talk about Halal issue.
Instead they would now take up the issue of removing a mosque from Kuragala Buddhist monastery complex in the central hills.
Addressing a mass rally held in Kandy city in the Central Province Sunday, the national organizer of Bodu Bala Sena Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera said that the organization would not speak of Halal again since they had won the Halal issue. He insisted the relevant firms to remove the Halal certificate before the Sinhala New Year that falls in mid-April.
The Buddhist monk vowed that the Bodu Bala Sena would now take up the issue of removing a mosque that has allegedly taken over the Buddhist monastery in Kuragala.
Kuragala rock cave is believed to be a Buddhist monastery dating back to 2nd century BC, The Buddhist organization says that in recent times the Muslim fundamentalists have taken over the site and destroyed the evidence of Buddhist heritage.
The shrine has inscriptions dated back to 10th century and Muslims believe the visiting Muslim traders in the past used this place as a resting place and shrine.
Source : firstpost.com
Faced with stiff opposition by hardline Buddhist majority groups, a Sri Lankan Muslim group, which has been issuing the Halal certificates to businesses, has said it would now withdraw the practice.
The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), Sri Lanka’s main body of Islamic scholars, said that Halal certification would now be limited to export products meant for Islamic nations. “We are giving up what is very important to Muslims. We are making a sacrifice in the interest of peace and ethnic harmony,” Rizwe Mufthi of the ACJU said.
The Buddhist extremist Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Force) has been running a vocal protest campaign to force the end to Halal certification. Their main grouse was that non-Muslims are being forced to consume Halal certified products.
Mufthi said that consumer products in the super market shelves would no longer carry the Halal certification.
As an immediate reaction to the BBS campaign, the ACJU had last month said that Halal products would only be offered to Muslims, which was dismissed out of hand by the BBS.
Lanka’s leading trade chamber, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, said it was impractical to have Halal and non-Halal products from the same item.
Responding to another criticism that the Muslim scholars of ACJU were making money out of Halal certification, the body said the certificates from now on would be issued free of charge to those who cater to export orders.
Sensing racial tensions between the majority Sinhalese and the nine per cent Muslim minority over the issue, President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a special ministerial committee to recommend ways to nip it in the bud.
Following the Government Minister raising his voice against the Halal Certification racket in SriLanka on 14th February, the Sinhalese Buddhist majority in Sri Lanka has called for the abolition of the Muslim halal system of certifying foods & other goods and said NO to any new Mosques. There is now a Halal Crisis in Sri Lanka with a call to take action and to SAY NO TO HALAAL.
Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, is a naturally beautiful island off the Southern tip of India.
Until May 2009, when the government forces seized the last area controlled by Tamil Tiger rebels, the people had experienced a long and bitter civil war for more than 25 years which arose out of ethnic tensions between the majority Sinhalese and the Tamil minority in the northeast. The violence killed more than 70,000 people, damaged the economy and harmed tourism in one of South Asia’s potentially most prosperous societies.
The Buddhist majority in the country are peace-loving and fair-minded, but it is vital not to hurt their feelings or insult other faiths.
They abhor the halal ritual slaughter which Muslims insist is necessary to produce halal meat. This outdated 7th Century Ritual Slaughter seems unnecessarily cruel to livestock in 21st Century Sri Lanka, but muslims insist that the Muslim way of slaughter is the best and they say that the animals get no feeling when the jugular vein of the neck is cut and the blood flows from the body… Muslims believe that immediately after the cut , the whole body of the animal will get numb and it will not feel any pain. Muslims are against stunning the animal, because they say that the blood will still be there and the animal will suffer. However a four year Dialrel Study carried out by Veterinary Scientists from many countries of Europe found the opposite is true and they concluded that halal ritual slaughter causes unnecessary suffering.
The publication of that Scientific Paper is here and is entitled ‘Veterinary Concerns’
Sri Lanka say NO to Halal Meat and its Halal Animal Bi-Products
Buddhist monk Kirama Wimala Jothi has urged Sri Lanka’s non-Muslim majority to boycott any product with the halal label and asked the government to outlaw Islamic clerics issuing such certification.
A Facebook Group called SAY NO TO HALAL in SRI LANKA has now been set up with a growing following here…
SAY NO TO HALAAL
Sri Lanka Say NO to HAlaal
Reject All Halaal Products!
Halaal is a trojan horse of sharia law!
Then on 14th February, Sri Lanka Minister of Research and Technology Patali Champika Ranawaka, requested that all halal food producers remove the halal certificate. He warned that his Party, Sinhala Buddhist Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) would take action unless the producers of halal heed their demand.
Muslims say that from their perspective there’s nothing wrong if Christians or Buddhist will eat halal foods. It’s just a matter of choice if you like it or not; but if you outlaw the selling of halal products, then that’s another matter. You are depriving the people of their freedom to choose.
Conversely, the halal certification process is now seen as a violation of the Rights of the Majority who want traditional foods and food services. The Sinhalese majority do not want different products in the market for different groups, because they say this will cause social segregation on religious lines.
It seems clear that halal certification isolates the Muslims followers of Islam from Sri Lankan society, creates tension and challenges the traditional Sri Lankan food culture.
COLOMBO: A new hardline Sinhalese Buddhist group in Sri Lanka has called for the complete abolition of the Muslim halal system of certifying foods and other goods.
The Bodu Bala Sena, or Buddhist Strength Force, also said foreign propagators of religions should leave the country within a month.
SRI LANKA – CEYLON – SAY NO TO HALAAL
Yesterday thousands of Sinhalese supporters of the Buddhist majority attended a rally in a suburb of the capital, Colombo…
The United National Party (UNP) urged The President to make his personal opinion known to the public on the matter of the Halal Certificates and to take action to remove them.
Youth activists at the rally wore T-shirts denouncing the Muslim halal method of slaughtering animals to eat.
Addressing the media in Colombo, UNP Western Provincial Council member Niroshan Padukka said, “As UNP, we do not agree with the concept of Halal Certificates, and support our leader Ranil Wickremesinghe’ s statement that the government should deal with the authorization of these certificates, rather than the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama Halal Certification Authority.
They reject halal products & services and the creeping Islamification of their country eg. a Mosque has been built in Dambulla, which is considered by many to be a sacred Buddhist area. The prime minister ordered the mosque’s relocation on Sunday, following an attack on the mosque on Friday by hardline Buddhists, including monks and all this amid a rising religious tension in the country. The Buddhist Sinhalese make up three-quarters of Sri Lanka’s 20 million population.
Muslims make up less than 10% of the population , but the majority are seeing a rise in halal certified products. This unwanted over-production of halal products & services is considered by the majority to be threatening their culture and their valued traditions. There is a gradual increase in halal restaurants and Markets and we have even found that Muslims have started to export Halal Fish to the UK from a halal supplier called Ceylon Fisheries Limited via their fully operational processing plant at Tudella, Ja-Ela, Negombo, Sri Lanka.
The increasing halal trade within Sri Lanka is completely unacceptable to the majority, so Sinhalese leaders have now called for a boycott of halal meat and demanded shops clear their stocks by April, according to the AFP news agency reports.
Now the The leading Muslim religious leaders’ group, the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama, has warned against violence threatened by striking Muslims – they have called for Muslims to fast instead. Muslims have now gone on strike in eastern Sri Lanka which have left schools, government offices, buses and the public market all shut after that decree from the main mosque.
ABC Radio Australia have produced this article entitled:
Sri Lankan monks launch halal meat boycott
BBC News ASIA has produced a VIDEO with this article entitled:
Sri Lanka hardline group calls for halal boycott
The Emirates have produced this article entitled:
Buddhist monks demand halal boycott
BOYCOTT HALAL call for International support & recognition that Non-Islamic Nations of the World have a right to protect their unique identities, uphold their values, but most importantly preserve their traditional food chain from a stealth takeover of halal products & services.
Surely we do not have to actually fight to stop the imposition of 7th Century barbaric halal Ritual Slaughter along with all that halal certification entails.
Animals deserve respect and so do the wishes of all the different unique indigenous populations of the world.